Photo by: Mike Buss Photography
After just day one of this years horse trials, I was hooked and already looking forward to next years event… Badminton Horse Trials was for me the first ever equestrian event I’ve ever been to. Like many of you, I’ve watched it on TV along with other horse events and the Olympics and loved watching it, but attending the event was of course so much better.
For those who aren’t that interested in equestrian sport, I would say give one of these events a go and enjoy the countryside and the whole event. Badminton is more than just about the riders and horses, there is a huge traders area selling not just equestrian related products and services, but also fashion, homeware’s and much more. Other exhibitors include organisations and clubs from a variety of country sports, from shooting to camping.
Badminton is a great family day, or 5 days out for that matter, and if you do decide to spend more than one day at the event, there is on site camping provided by the event.
This year’s results saw five Brits in the top 10 at the end of the competition, with New Zealand rider Jonelle Price winning overall.
|No.||Horse||Rider||Dressage||Cross Country||Show Jump||Total|
|68||CLASSIC MOET||Jonelle Price (NZL)||27.6||(22)||0.4||(1)||–||–||28.0||1|
|10||COOLEY SRS||Oliver Townend (GBR)||25.9||(=15)||7.2||(5)||–||–||33.1||+5.1||2|
|45||ALLSTAR B||Rosalind Canter (GBR)||23.9||(3)||6.4||(3)||4||–||34.3||+6.3||3|
|80||ARCTIC SOUL||Gemma Tattersall (GBR)||30.8||(=35)||4.4||(8)||–||–||35.2||+7.2||4|
|92||BALLAGHMOR CLASS||Oliver Townend (GBR)||20.8||(1)||7.2||(2)||8||–||36.0||+8.0||5|
|83||KILTUBRID RHAPSODY||Mark Todd (NZL)||23.4||(2)||10.0||(6)||4||–||37.4||+9.4||6|
|3||TOLEDO DE KERSER||Tom McEwen (GBR)||28.9||(=26)||8.8||(13)||–||–||37.7||+9.7||7|
|22||MR CHUNKY||Padraig McCarthy (IRL)||28.9||(=26)||6.4||(9)||–||3.0||38.3||+10.3||8|
|40||VERONICA||Lauren Kieffer (USA)||25.0||(=10)||9.6||(7)||4||–||38.6||+10.6||9|
|30||LA BIOSTHETIQUE – SAM FBW||Michael Jung (GER)||24.7||(8)||6.0||(4)||8||–||38.7||+10.7||10|
So what is there to expect on each day?
Day 1 (Wednesday):
- The Mitsubishi Motors Cup – which includes Dressage, Showjumping and Cross Country.
- Dressage – the first day of competition for the professional riders in the main competition.
- Dressage – day two of dressage for the professional riders.
- Shetland Pony Grand National.
- Cross Country Event – for the professional riders.
- Show Jumping – The final event for the professional riders.
If like myself you’ve never been to Badminton, and you want to experience a couple of days, particularly the Cross Country Event, then I would attend the first day when the amateur riders compete in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup and run the course. Its a great time to walk the course, check out the best spots to watch from along the course before the mass crowds of the main day on the Saturday.
If you are looking at just going for one day and not sure which day to chose, here are my suggestions:
If its your first event, and you want to watch all three events in one day and you want a more quiet relaxed day out, then go for day one, you wont see the professional riders compete, but you will see some great riders and their horses competing in Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country.
If you’re interested in the main cross country event, the Saturday is the day for you.
If you want a day of show jumping and soak up the atmosphere of Badminton, then Sunday is a great day, especially if you don’t want to walk around too much. Sunday is Show Jumping in the main arena, and a great fun treat on this day is also the Shetland Pony Grand National, where children all dressed up like jockey’s race Shetland Ponies around the main arena taking on jumps around the course.
For more details about the Badminton Horse Trials – go to: http://www.badminton-horse.co.uk
By Mike Buss.
Source: Military Times